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Trump says money is there for U.S. 522 bypass

March 02, 2001

Trump says money is there for U.S. 522 bypass



CHARLESTON, W.Va. - House Minority Leader Charles S. Trump IV, R-Morgan, said in a release this week that West Virginia definitely has the money to start the Berkeley Springs bypass on U.S. 522.

However, the Wise administration disagrees.

"The money is absolutely there," said Trump. "The funds are available for the first leg of the Berkeley Springs bypass. It could be under construction this spring if the governor wanted to do it."

Gov. Bob Wise's spokeswoman Amy Shuler-Goodwin said the money is not available. "Governor Wise recognizes the traffic problems on U.S. 522 and we will use any and all funds when they come available" for the project, she said.

Shuler-Goodwin said the environmental impact statement for U.S. 522 is in the final stages and the Federal Highway Administration is expected to approve the impact statement in mid-March. That will start the final design phase of a 3.25-mile section from Winchester Grade to Davis Road.

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The $12.5 million cost of obtaining rights of way is paid for, Shuler-Goodwin said, adding the $30 million to build the road is not.

Trump disputed the Wise administration claim that there is not enough money to go forward with the U.S. 522 project.

"I have investigated it, and the $10 million earmarked for the first section of the southern bypass is in the bank," Trump said. "It has been there since the sale of $110 million in road bonds last July."

"Governor Wise has decided to spend our money somewhere else," said Trump, "and that decision by the governor must be reversed."

Trump said that 522 is becoming more congested and dangerous with each passing month.

"It is politics, pure and simple, and it has to stop now. Our situation here is grave," he said.

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